Mercedes-Benz India launches third generation GLS luxury SUV

Mercedes-Benz is one of the most popular and largest luxury car manufacturerss in the country. Mercedes-Benz India today launched the latest generation of their flagship SUV GLS in the market. The GLS is the most luxurious SUV in Mercedes’ line up and is often referred as S-Class of SUVs. This is the third generation GLS that is being launched, and is priced at Rs 99.90 lakh, ex-showroom, pan India, except Kerala. Mercedes Benz had launched GL-Class as a CBU in our market back in 2010 and started local production in 2013.

Martin Schwenk, MD & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said, “The GLS completes a decade in India and with more than 6700 units on Indian roads, it undoubtedly remains the most preferred full-size luxury SUV in its segment. The new GLS is the most luxurious SUV on offer from Mercedes-Benz in the Indian market and it will continue to remain an important pillar in Mercedes-Benz’s SUV portfolio.”

On the outside, it gets a larger grille with two silver strips in it. The Mercedes logo is placed in the centre of the grille. The headlights are now sleeker and get LED elements inside. The front of the car also gets a chrome skid plate that adds up to the overall dominating and aggressive look of the car. The all-new GLS has grown in terms of size. It is now 77 mm longer, 22 mm wider and has 60 mm more wheelbase than the older version. At the rear, GLS gets split LED tail lights similar to the one seen in GLE.

On the inside, because of the increased length and width, it now offers even more space than before. The cabin is now more comfortable, tech laden and is more luxurious. It gets electrically adjustable seats on all three rows, 5-zone climate control, touchscreen infotainment screen with latest MBUX software. The infotainment system is connected with Mercedes’ me Connect services. MBUX in new GLS offers features like touch control, contactless control and the optimized AI based voice control system.

MBUX in has also been updated to locate the nearest COVID-19 testing centres in head units across key metros. Me Connect app feature has also been updated and now comes with Geo Fencing, vehicle finder, remote window and sunroof operation options.The GLS is equipped with safety features like Active park Assist with 360 degree surround view camera, Blind Spot Assist and Active Brake Assist, 9 Airbags, Downhill speed regulation, off-road ABS and car wash function.

Mercedes-Benz GLS is now available in two variants – 400 d 4MATIC and 450 4 MATIC. The 400 d is powered by a BS6 compliant 2925-cc, six cylinder diesel engine that generates 330 Bhp and 700 Nm of peak torque. The 450 4MATIC is powered by a 2,999-cc, six cylinder petrol engine along with a 48V electric motor. The petrol engine generates 367 Bhp and 500 Nm of torque and the electric motor generates an additional 22 Bhp and 250 Nm of torque. Both GLS 400 d and GLS 450 are priced at Rs 99.90 lakh, ex-showroom.